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The Syrian Refugee Crisis in Turkey: Securitization of the migration regime or an open-door policy?
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Syrian refugee crisis has been very much in focus in the past years. A major question brought up in the public debate has been to what extent Syrian refugee’s rights have been protected. Turkey, as a country sheltering almost three million Syrian refugees has dealt with the Syrian refugee crisis by a temporary protection regime with open boarders for all Syrians escaping conflict-ridden zones. However, the issue of security, uncertainty and ethnic privilege is still dealt with in an ambiguous way in Turkish migration and asylum laws. This presents a serious issue in the context of protection of Syrian refugee’s human rights. The purpose of this study is to highlight the overarching principles guiding Turkish migration and asylum law and how the migration regime works together with European and international law. The aspect of security in terms of national identity, ethnic privilege and secure boarders in the context of managing the Syrian refugee crisis plays a central role in this thesis. The findings illustrate that Turkish migration and asylum regimes have developed taking these aspects into consideration which have led to restricted legal rights for the Syrian refugees. Moreover, with the EU, as an institution involved in the management of the Syrian crisis on a European level, the protection regime has led to a further securitization of the migration issue, leaving the responsibility of refugee protection to Turkey.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , p. 46
Keywords [en]
Syrian refugee crisis, Turkish migration and asylum regime, Securitization Theory
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-56476OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-56476DiVA, id: diva2:968784
Educational program
Peace and Development Programme, 180 credits
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Available from: 2016-09-16 Created: 2016-09-12 Last updated: 2016-09-16Bibliographically approved

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